9 things to do in your Papikondalu trip

Hello friends!!!! This post is most probably my last post from the Papikondalu series…When i was reading the previous posts. I realized that I did not mention few things that we did. So, I wanted to compile things which you should not forget to do, if you are going to visit Papikondalu.

1.Eat Bamboo chicken

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Bamboo chicken got its name from the process of making it. The  raw flesh of chicken, is pushed into the hollow parts  bamboo sticks after all the ingredients are applied to it. Then the bamboo sticks are cooked on burning coals.  I can not comment on taste as I am a vegetarian. But, They say the whole process gives it a wonderful and special taste.

2. Get religious:

The trips to Papikondalu are either from Bhadrachalam or from Rajamandry. Either way you can plan a visit to the temple in Bhadrachalam. There is a very famous temple for Lord Sri Rama in Bhadrachalam. There is also  an interesting story associated with the temple. Visit the temple and learn the story.

3. Learn Mythology

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There is a place near Bhadrachalam called Parnashala where the episodes of Ramayana are depicted through colorful sculptures. They replicated few of the scenes from Ramayana. You can get  autos easily to get to this place.

4. Take a holy dip.

River Godavari is considered as one of the holy rivers in India.  Enjoy your dip here. Forget about holiness, you can simply have fun while taking bath in river.

5. Enjoy ‘River food’

You get various special types of fresh water fishes and other things cooked with a tribal touch.

6. Forget everything.

Put your head in your lap and simply relax. World will not stop working, if you stop thinking for two days.

7. Leave social media to others.

Life has become sooo meaningless without facebook and waatsapp. Go to this place, You will never get a damn signal, even if you want to post a selfie diving into the water.

8. Learn to live basic

You won’t get fast food, even soft drinks are rarely available. Forget about A.C, you won’t get a fan here in the accommodation. ( Read my experience here). Once in a while it is needed to learn to live with basics.

9. Buy Handicrafts and encourage them

Tribal  people here make  beautiful handmade things with bamboo. They are pretty cheap. Buy them at least to help those people.

Read my other posts about Papikondalu here, here and here.

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Lemme stay here forever: Papikkondalu trip, Day 2

I still feel very bad  that our Papikondalu trip lasted for only 2 days. It was such a relaxing and refreshing one that I seriously thought of settling down there as a Doctor treating the tribes. All those altruistic thoughts made me elated for quite some time when my husband explained other things like ‘No emergency services, no theaters, no restaurants, no internet, no online shopping’. Last thing worked wonderfully and pushed me back to the ground.

The second day of our Papikondalu trip started early for two reasons. One, I can not wait outside the toilets, so I wanted to be the early bird. Two, we were going for a forest walk and water sports in some canal that day. We finished our breakfasts early and started heading the way the guy at the accommodation showed. He said ‘walk for few minutes and you will find a board showing the place’. The few mins turned to be 35 mins. We walked slowly ahead of everyone, contemplating the possibilities of others beating us up if we get lost.( As everyone else was following us not knowing the fact that we were clueless).

 Walk through the fields
Walk through the fields

Papikondalu tripWe walked through a small tribal village where surprisingly every home(or rather hut) has TATA Sky and solar panels. All the small street lights were solar powered. We spoke to a small kid who told us that they have power supply 24/7.

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The farming techniques and practices were also slightly different. The path went along a small canal from the main river Godavari, but mostly the  was not accessible. The path finally led to a place which where the bank was wide and the depth of the water was less.

We were the first so we had a chance to click personal pics and we could chose one wonderful place to take bath. We spent some 3hrs in water. We went back in wet clothes. By the time of lunch we had to pack and leave. We got ready and clicked some super crazy pictures. We started by 1 in the afternoon in the blazing sun. The return journey was pleasant as the earlier one. We reached Bhadrachalam by 6 in the evening.

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This pose I named as ‘Oh.. Priya priya pose’.( A famous song from one of the most romantic movies in Telugu.

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